Highest opening partnership in T20 World Cup ft. Gurbaz-Zadran 154-run stand in 2024 edition

Here are the complete records for the opening stands in the history of the T20 World Cup after Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran's fantastic partnership vs Uganda

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The T20 World Cup 2024 tournament has begun in fine style and so far the matches played have seen the ball dominate the bat. South Africa’s Anrich Nortje and Afghanistan pacer Fazalhaq Farooqi have been the two leading lights so far with the ball in this early phase of the campaign. 

Late on Monday night, Afghanistan smashed their way past Uganda to win the contest by a huge margin of 125 runs. The fifer picked by Fazalhaq Farooqi meant that Uganda could only muster 58 runs in their chase of 184. 

The early foundation with the bat was laid by Afghanistan openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran. The pair added 154 runs for the opening wicket in just 14.3 overs to deflate the Ugandan bowlers. 

Here are the top 3 best opening partners in the history of T20 World Cups 

3. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan – 152* vs India 

Pakistan for the first time beat India in the T20 World Cups with a comprehensive 10 wicket win which came during the T20 World Cup 2021 edition. Shaheen Afridi had laid the foundation with an early burst with the ball where he had removed the Indian top order. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan then made sure they didn’t give the Indian bowlers any hope as they cruised to an easy win over their arch-rivals. 

2. Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran – 154 vs Uganda 

Uganda who were making their debut in the T20 World Cup were made to look clueless by the Afghan batters. Both Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran took full toll of the inexperience shown by the Uganda bowlers as they pulverized them to all parts of the ground. The two batters scored half-centuries to give their team a good start and eventually ended up with 183 runs on the board. 

1. Alex Hales and Jos Buttler -170* vs India 

For the second time in successive T20 World Cups, the Indian bowlers saw an opposition team win by 10 wickets. This time the embarrassing margin of loss was against England in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup. India batted first and scored 168 on the board with Hardik Pandya scoring 63 and Virat Kohli scoring 50. Jos Buttler’s 80 not out and Alex Hales' 86 not out ensured the ten-wicket win with 4 overs to spare. The Three Lions then went on to win the tournament by beating Pakistan in the finals. This 170 not out was the best-ever first wicket stand in the history of the T20 World Cups. 

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